This year MCAI is joining the OC Ad Federation and almost a dozen other OC advertising, marketing and PR organizations to celebrate the holiday season. It's a great way to meet new business acquaintances…and it's for a good cause. So make plans to join us to reunite with old friends plus make new connections to expand your network for 2014.
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Thanks to the generosity of professionals in the media industry, our joint scholarship fund with the VO Peeps raised close to $1,000 in October. More importantly the non-profit charity fund administered by our MCA-I chapter was able to make a number of grants to deserving VO professionals.
Long-time MCAI member Brad Hagen, (he joined when it was the old ITVA) and OC media industry leader (he's a past president of the Media Alliance) is now home, recovering from recent surgery to remove a malignant brain tumor. Brad, who started Video Resources Inc. in 1979 and built it into a major production company with offices in Santa Ana and Boston, is known for his generous and fun personality as well as for being a creative producer and successful businessman. As you can imagine, dealing with the shock of finding a tumor and the surgery has been difficult for both him and his family— as well as his extnded family at VRI. Your good wishes, support and prayers will be appreciated. His wife, Tracy, has started a journal online at the Caring Bridge website which allows you post messages and donate as as well as see recent photos and get updates on Brad's progress.
MCAI's guest speaker at our Oct 2013 meeting, distributon expert Jerome Courshon, gave almost 90 minutes of perspective and advice on media distribution in today's market. The author of “THE SECRETS TO DISTRIBUTION: Get Your Movie Distributed Now!” outlined the ins and outs of getting your project distributed on Film, VOD, DVD and more.
MCA-i's annual Media Festival returns for its 45th year and is accepting entries now until December 15, 2013. Content producers, fimmakers and media professionals in every specialty particularly enjoy the peer-reviewed festival because the top awards are not limited in number. Being a non-competitive festival means everyone has the possibility of winning a top-level Golden Reel Award. enter now and pay only last year's entry fee until November 1st. Entry forms and all the details are on the MCA-i national website at: http://www.mca-i.org/MediaFestival/
Jean Marie Davis has been an entertainer for as long as she can remember; participating in choirs, performing on stage and singing with local bands. So you won't be surprised to know that three years ago she became a talkshow producer and more recently her own on-camera host. It was a natural progression for the affable Davis.
A Communication professional, Frank Holguin, has been in the industry since 1980. "I joined MCA-I because of the quality of the professionals it attracts," he said. "And because more and more of my work is centered in and around the Orange County market, networking with these pro’s is important to me. " Since 2002, Frank Holguin and Associates, A Communications & Entertainment Company, has operated from both the Orange County and Palm Springs areas serving a wide variety of clients: corporations, foundations, nonprofits, the outdoors/sporting industry, individual businesses and entertainment talent. Frank and his team help get client's information and message points to their specifically targeted media outlets and audiences.
Frank's broad communications background has made him sought-out by clients. Having done everything from radio DJ and VO announcer to producing live events to film/video/digital production, advertising and marketing director.
Encore Directory, the premier “find-everything-and-everybody” tool for working media pros in OC and San Diego since 1998 is back in publication as an all-online service. Now, paid-up members of MCA-I can get a special discount: Buy any ad and get a “Featured Listing,” FREE!
No matter how small your media business, you need the protection of a good insurance package. MCAI has partnered with Buell Insurance to provide members with insurance packages customized for the entertainment and media production industry.
Buell works with CNA, one of the most trusted names in the business. Policies are competitively priced, and Buell offers prompt response to your insurance questions. A quote can be provided usually within 48 hours of submitting an easy on-line application. If you are a member of MCAI check out the production insurance link here. If not, Join MCAI now!
MCA-i has partnered with Association Health Programs to bring members an exclusive health program. Due to this relationship, MCA-I is pooled with over 300 national associations (2.5 million members), which allows us the opportunity to provide A-rated insurance companies, knowledge of products, rate stability, buying power, and hands on service otherwise not available.
4th Wednesday Breakfast Each Month
Great people, good conversation and a delicious breakfast. All good reasons for coming to our monthly breakfast meeting on the fourth Wednesday of this month.
Join us at 7:30 AM at Denny's in Tustin. This restaurant, home of the legendary "Grand Slam," is immediately adjacent to the 5 Fwy at the Red Hill Exit. It's about a half block east of Red Hill on El Camino Real.